Life & Death; Marriage & Divorce
By Jeff Belknap
“And fear not them which kill the body,
but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is
able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
God creates earthly life
through union of the body (physical) and the spirit (spiritual).
Whether with or without a
person’s consent, death causes separation of the spirit from the
physical body, though the spirit lives on (Jas.
It is possible for man to kill innocent,
unwilling people (Jn. 16:2), and thus cause the victims to
suffer actual death upon that killing. Though the spirit lives on after
the time of that separation, the innocent, unwilling
person is precluded from the ability to perform any action that would
change the status of their soul’s destination. [Please read:
Recognizing The Reality of Man’s Sin Via Human Agency.]
When Jesus was turned over to Pilate after
undergoing a mock trial, the governor inquired of the Lord, “…knowest
thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release
thee?” Jesus answered, “Thou couldest have no power at all against
me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me
unto thee hath the greater sin” (Jn.
In Hebrews 11:37, we read of some Old
Testament people who were unjustly and unwillingly “stoned,”
“slain with the sword” and those who were “sawn
asunder.” Just as man may unlawfully saw ASUNDER a
physical body, man may unlawfully put ASUNDER the partner of his
“one flesh” (Mt. 19:6; Mk. 10:9).
Matthew 19:6, 9
“Wherefore they are
no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined
together, let not man put asunder…9 And I say unto you,
Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for
fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and
whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.”
creates a bond (spiritual) through the joining of a man and a woman when
they come together in a lawful marriage (physical).
with or without a mate’s consent, divorce causes the dissolution (death)
of that marriage, though the spiritual bond that God enjoined upon that
marriage, may still remain.
We recognize that man
can kill (murder), thus causing separation of the body and spirit – even
of those victims who are innocent and plead for their lives.
Likewise, man can divorce, thus separating that which God joined
together in marriage (Mt. 19:6, 9; cf. I Cor.
Even though there is spiritual life that remains after physical death and
a spiritual bond remaining after the death of some marriages, the
opportunity to change God’s prescribed consequences upon the dead and
divorced, is precluded by His law at the conclusion of those
Murder and divorce are both treacherous acts
against the innocent. Our hearts cry out for the victims and their families who
suffer because of these heinous crimes. However, we are not helping ourselves
(or anyone else for that matter), when we deny the reality of their
unfortunate consequences. We must not be deceived: after the unlawful execution
of an individual (without exception), the executed person is DEAD! Likewise,
after the unlawful sundering of a marriage (without exception), the put away
person is DIVORCED!
What are the
Consequences of Being Divorced by a Lawfully Bound Spouse?
shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Mt.
marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” Mt.
marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.”
Reconciliation is the only divine exception
given to the rule above after an unlawful divorce (I Cor.
as long as one’s bound spouse is still alive (Rom. 7:2-3).
The liberty to “put away” is ONLY
authorized, while the marriage is intact / alive. There is absolutely
no scripture which authorizes
someone to “put away” an already sundered marriage partner as long as “the bond”
If there is a book, chapter and
verse to prove that it is possible to Biblically “put away” / “divorce” (apoluo);
“put asunder” / “depart” (chorizo) or “leave” (aphiemi) AFTER
ONE’S marriage has been
dissolved, where is it?
The New Testament speaks of unlawful
putting away, leaving and departing from a bound person.
Where is the verse which teaches that a person can (under any circumstances)
“put away” their bound mate who has already made them a put away
Where is the passage which reveals that a person
whose spouse has departed from them / put them away, can (under any
circumstances) further “separate” (put asunder) themselves from the very one who
has already separated from them?
There are some people who have been raised from
the dead (Mt. 11:5; Jn.
and we are taught that it is also possible to resurrect a marriage that has been
sundered (I Cor. 7:11).
However, we have no Biblical precedent which teaches that man
can kill a dead person (Mt.
nor can man more fully divide a marriage which has already been
broken in two (Mt. 19:6, 9)!